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Old 03-11-2018, 02:10 PM
 
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Looking at a possible northern Florida relocation destination. Live in southern florida now and want to relocate to something a little smaller. Port St Joe looks pretty,even though small,but is it all seasonal homes or short term rentals? We know how that can work out. It appears to be fairly far from most shopping for groceries.We're retired so a day trip during the week isn't the end of the world.Any thoughts,criticism,or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-11-2018, 05:13 PM
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Location: Metro Atlanta
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Port St. Joe used to have a large paper mill that I believe has closed, but I haven't been there in years. Not the most thriving area economically. Timber/fishing are likely the main industries. Very small town - I doubt that it is a seasonal place since it isn't a resort town. Not the kind of place that generally attracts retirees.

The town itself isn't a sandy beach area, but it is a very short drive to some beautiful white-sand beaches in nearby state parks, as well as Mexico Beach to the north. That's about it.
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Old 03-11-2018, 06:33 PM
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It’s not a bad town, in fact I think it’s kinda cute and quaint in its own way. Your not far from Mexico beach and Panama City for shopping.
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Old 04-02-2018, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Columbus, GA
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My parents moved down to St Joe Beach, which is right next to Mexico Beach, last year. They are renting while building a house and I've been down a couple of times over the last year.

I really like Port St Joe, in the city limits it's mostly locals with most vacation homes being south toward Cape San Blas, or NW towards Mexico Beach. It has a "Main Street" with several good restaurants and decent shops. There's a pretty large Piggly Wiggly right there in town which carries a lot, but won't have the latest natural or organic selection, Mexico Beach has a little independent grocer if you're on the beach and the prices aren't really inflated much.

Shopping is better than Mexico Beach, which has a couple really good restaurants, but the shopping there is limited.
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Old 04-04-2018, 03:00 PM
 
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If I my ask,whats your parents impression so far?Do they plan on living there full time?
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Old 04-10-2018, 09:27 PM
 
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Port St Joe is Very Small & Desolate. The nearest 'city' as in finding a Walmart, Target, etc., is over half hour away. When I was there, it felt 'creepy'. JMO ! Mexico Beach is a much better option, IMO!
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Old 04-11-2018, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Columbus, GA
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If I my ask,whats your parents impression so far?Do they plan on living there full time?
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They really like it there. Yes, they moved down last year.


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Port St Joe is Very Small & Desolate. The nearest 'city' as in finding a Walmart, Target, etc., is over half hour away. When I was there, it felt 'creepy'. JMO ! Mexico Beach is a much better option, IMO!
Can't agree with this at all. While small, it's far from desolate, I take it you didn't see very much of the "Main Street". Many people don't consider the lack of a Walmart a bad thing.
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Old 04-29-2018, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Crafton, PA
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We always make a stop at Port St Joes when staying at SGI. There are a few nice restaurants and shops. No, its not even as lively as Apalachicola but its a nice change of pace. I'd rather live in Apalachicola but Port St. Joes would be a decent option if the prices are better.
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Old 05-02-2018, 12:46 PM
 
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PSJ is not bad. Typical small town, paper mill was torn down within the past 10 years or so. They try to make it nice, its still a poor rural area. Housing over the entire area has gone nuts again. Probably 40 minute drive to the East side of Panama City (Walmart/etc). Not sure about the healthcare available there, but plenty in PC.

If I was moving to enjoy my days, I would try Mexico Beach(shorter drive to urban area) or the Cape(much more remote).

Panama City Beach is growing, and that is good/bad. Lots of traffic now. If I didn't have kids and didn't need a Dr. everyday, I would start at Mexico Beach and go East toward Apalach.
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